Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland repeat similar themes in the latest episode of RICK AND MORTY. From LAWNMOWER DOG, A RICKLE IN TIME, TOTAL RICKALL, ONE CREW OVER THE CREWCOO’S MORTY, and NEVER RICKING MORTY, this show loves dealing with clones.
Yet what makes MORTIPLICITY different is this episode deals with decoys. What’s a decoy? The same as a clone, but a different word, allowing Harmon and Roiland to go full Asimov Cascade. (Don’t worry. If you don’t know what the Asimov Cascade is, Rick will masterfully explain what it means via a teleported whiteboard).
Morty boldly states, “We are going to kill God,” at the start of MORTIPLICITY. Come to find out that God may or may not be Rick or another decoy. Underneath all this decoy chat and gruesome violence is the question of “what makes a person real?” It’s a question that has been asked before in RICK AND MORTY, but this time it’s done with a bit more EX MACHINA/HIGHLANDER love.
As this episode goes to where “32%” of all Sci-Fi has gone before, I couldn’t help but laugh, smile, and enjoy all the callbacks and obscure cinema references. And yes, I’m thankful that Rule #34 was only mentioned this week and not seen. 😂
The non-decoy episode is available on Adult Swim. Oh, and if I used the word “decoy,” a lot in this review, it’s on purpose – the characters mutter “decoy” at least 50 times in under 23 minutes.